Haiti officials downplay protest over Trump's insult that forced US embassy to shut down

Posted by hougansydney.com on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 Under: National
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Haiti's defense minister, Hervé Denis, today downplayed the importance of a massive protest yesterday in the Haitian capital which forced the US embassy to shut down, over the alleged "shit hole" term President Donald Trump used to described the Caribbean nation during a congressional meting at the oval office some two weeks ago.

"That (the protests) is not an issue for us, I do not think it is necessary to take any account of that,"he said to journalists after participating in an Extraordinary Permanent Council of the OAS in Washington.

Anti-Trump protest forced US Embassy in Port-au-Prince to close its doors on Monday

In recent days, thousands of Haitians have taken to the streets to protest the comments of Trump, which they consider "racist," and to demand a stronger defense from their government against this offense.

In fact, on Monday, the United States allowed the workers of its embassy in Port-au-Prince to go home earlier because "there were people surrounding it," State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert confirmed yesterday at a press conference.

When the Defense Minister was pressed for the position of his Government in the face of Trump's supposed offense, he chose to avoid the controversy.

"I like much more to talk about the positive, there are many more ties between the United States and Haiti than all that, we have a common destiny, we will continue forward," he said.

Denis, who came to the OAS to present the "white book on national security and defense," also played down the fact that only the Bolivian ambassador, Diego Pary, placed the issue of Trump's alleged comments today, at the meeting , according to information from the American press, Trump also said that El Salvador and the African countries were "shit holes".

"In the OAS we already have enough support for the white book, we are happy with that," the minister said, before moving to the Pentagon for a series of meetings.

In the first session of the Organization of American States (OAS) this year, and with Haiti as the only issue, only Bolivia expressed its support for the Caribbean country in the face of the words "discriminatory and racist" against its people.

The Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, has not spoken up to now about these incendiary comments, and today he did not attend the meeting in Washington because he was at the World Economic Forum in Davos (Switzerland).

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